Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 9)

A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:

I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie A. Buys who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

A specific definition of this SIG was found in a previous document on one of the disks: “This SIG, known as “Close Encounters”, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”

Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and some of it is quite personal.

I’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

The contents of this post includes the contents of a document called MAIL.DOC. It appears to be a screen log of Connie checking her e-mail, of which there are a few, and then the more interesting part…she issues a search commmand that appears to search Delphi for people with the string “psyc” in the occupation portion of their profile. What follows is a list of people who are psychiatrists or psychologists along witht their profiles which include various interesting things. Personally, I liked seeing what computers they all used :).

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MAIL.DOC
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    #1          30-OCT-1985 21:35:43                                     NEWMAIL
From:   BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF  
To:     CABUYS,JOHNMYSELF  
Subj:   hi and other things

Hi Lover.  Hope all is well with you.
would like you to archive the poll on membership.  I commented
in message 315 on the results.

will get started this week on final details for your
suggested contest.  hope to be ready for friday.


catch you later love.  
                        KISSes ......

MAIL> 

    #2          30-OCT-1985 23:33:09                                     NEWMAIL
From:   BOS2A::QUICKRODNEY 
To:     CABUYS
Subj:   The mag...

Connie,

It'll be in tomorrow's mail.  Interesting article... I'd be interested if the pe
rsons in there are anyone we know...?
Anyway,  good luck... see ya 'round

John

MAIL> sea

What KEYWORD:occupation

Search for:psyc

Matches found for the following membernames:

BUTLER        DAVIDSTEWART  DEACON        DGARBER       DRBOB408
DRJ017        EUGENEROSEN   FHAPGOOD      GARLOCK       GES
GRANT         GSPOT         HUGHCLEGG     JANI          KIM
LOCKE         MELISANDE     NICHOLSON     NYCSHRINK     PHYL
PRK           PSYCHE        RANJAN        RUBINP        SHRINK724
SIGGYFREUD    SLANDMAN      TATAM        

Would you like the complete profiles printed for the selected
membernames?y

Hit CTRL/C or CTRL/O to cancel display
of users profiles.


MEMBER-NAME : BUTLER

NAME      : RHETT H TOMPKINS
COMPUTERS : APPLE II+,^64K
INTERESTS : COMPUTER FANTASY GAMES: WIZARDRY,
LOCATION  : CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
OCCUPATION: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, INTERESTED IN COGNITIVE TESTING WITH
   COMPUTERS.
TERM-SOFT : NETWORKER

MEMBER-NAME : DAVIDSTEWART

NAME      : David Stewart
AGE       : 36
COMPUTERS : APPLE //e
LOCATION  : DURHAM, NC
OCCUPATION: Clinical Psychologist
TERM-SOFT : Ascii Express the Pro
USERNAME  : DAVIDSTEWART

MEMBER-NAME : DEACON

NAME      : JIM BEARDSLEY
AGE       : 52
COMPUTERS : IBM PC; XT (AT WORK)
LOCATION  : LA CROSSE, WI
OCCUPATION: PSYCHOLOGIST (NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST)
TERM-SOFT : BIZCOMP & CROSSTALK XVI

MEMBER-NAME : DGARBER

NAME      : Douglas M. Garber
COMPUTERS : IBM-PC
INTERESTS : Videodiscs, authoring systems, simulations
LOCATION  : Dearborn, MI
OCCUPATION: Industrial Psychologist
TERM-SOFT : PC-TALK

MEMBER-NAME : DRBOB408

NAME      : DRBOB408
AUTHOR    : LOVE HERBERT, HEINLEIN, KING, AND MOST SCI FICTION/SCI
   FANTASY
COMPUTERS : EPSON QX-10
LOCATION  : TANNERSVILLE, PA
OCCUPATION: HUMANISTIC/EXISTENTIAL/TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGIST -
   COLLEGE PROFESSOR
PET       : A BEAUTIFUL BLACK PERSIAN NAMED BEBA
PHILOSOPHY: I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TOO FAR FROM NATURE AND
   TOO FAR FROM EACH OTHER.  I AM LOOKING FOR MY CONNECTION WITH
   NATURE
REALNAME  : BOB WILDBLOOD
TERM-SOFT : MDM798
ZODIAC    : TAURUS; MAY 8 - I HAVE ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BULL

MEMBER-NAME : DRJ017

NAME      : DON
COMPUTERS : KAYPRO II
LOCATION  : ORANGE, TEXAS
OCCUPATION: I AM A PSYCHOLOGIST WORKING IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
   CLINIC, AND AM NEARLY FINISHED WORK ON MY PH.D.
PERS.INTER: I'M SINGLLE, LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN. ENJOY MEETING NEW
   PEOPLE ESP. WOMEN. I LIKE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES (BEACH, TENNIS, GOLF,
   PICNICS)
PROF.INTER: ESSIONALLY, I'M INTERESTED IN MEDICINE, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY,
   AND THE BIO-CHEMICAL BASEEHAVIOR.  I ALSO HAVE A GENERAL INTEREST
   IN MOST OF THE SCIENCES.
TERM-SOFT : TERM. AN ADM3A DUMB TERMINAL EMULATOR.

MEMBER-NAME : EUGENEROSEN

NAME      : EUGENE E. ROSEN
AGE       : 41 YRS BIRTHDATE APRIL 20(CUSP OF ARIES AND TAURUS)
COMPUTERS : APPLE MACINTOSH
LIKES     : TWO----TITA (TWENTY LBS.) AND SARA (LILAC PT. HIMALAYAN 2
   GRAMS)
   MEXICAN FOOD... QUIET SNOWFAMLL....SUMMER STORMS ......
   GADGETS.....PLANTS
LOCATION  : NEWTOWN, CT.
OCCUPATION: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST (ASSOCIATE WITH M.A.) IN STATE
   MENTAL INSTITUTION
ORIGINS   : BORN AND RAISED IN EL PASO, TEXAS (RUSSIAN JEWISH PARENTS)
PERSONAL  : BEST FRIEND LOVER AND ROOMATE
SOFTWARE  : source bce618, compuserve 74066,3444 mci mail erosen
SPORTS    : METS (DARRYL STRAWBERRY,)
TERM-SOFT : RED RYDER

MEMBER-NAME : FHAPGOOD

NAME      : Fred Hapgood
COMPUTERS : IBM PC
INTERESTS : I have a Border Terrier and like to cook.
LOCATION  : Boston Ma
OCCUPATION: I am a free-lance science writer, and have been for
   several years. Right now I am a contributing editor to *Science
   85*. Recently I wrote an article on soybeans for *N